A recent court ruling gives undocumented California students a window to renew their DACA applications, officials said. Meanwhile, they urge the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress to protect the 700,000 or so undocumented young people nationwide who previously had protection against deportation.
A possible phase-out of DACA won't mean changes to California's financial aid to undocumented students. But those students are worried about their futures if they lose their permits to work legally and might face deportation.
Even though this year's application period is much longer, the number of applications for college grants under the California Dream Act is lagging behind last year's. Officials say some immigrant families are afraid to disclose personal information even though the state pledges to protect it.